08/04/2011 12:42 pm ET Updated Oct 04, 2011

Water Parks In San Antonio: A Huffington Post Travel Guide

Water parks in San Antonio are a great way to cool off in the hot Texas sun. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on family-fun parks, here is our guide to all the key information visitors need to know about San Antonio water parks.

Schlitterbahn Water Park

With 18 waterslides, 16 pools and seven water playgrounds, Schlitterbahn deserves to be called the king of the water parks near San Antonio. Free parking, life jackets and tubes make this a family and wallet-friendly resort.

The Longest Water Ride In The World

The Falls is a 3,600-foot water ride with raging rivers, waterfalls and waves. Launched in 2011, Schlitterbahn reports that it's the longest water ride in the world.

Slides For All Ages

The park is split into three distinct areas. Blastenhoff offers a children's playground in addition to five thrill-packed attractions, including the Skycoaster that gives visitors a bird's-eye view of the park, as well as the Master Blaster, the only uphill water coaster. Surfenburg offers the Boogie Bahn Surfing ride, with 50,000 gallons of water continually moving to give would-be surfers the ride of their lives. Schlitterbahn West has four kid's areas, seven adult pools and 12 different slides and tubes.

Dining Options

Schlitterbahn allows families to bring in their own ice chest of food and drinks. The park also offers a wide range of foods including hamburgers, chicken strips, pizza and treats such as funnel cakes and ice cream.

Safety Record

KVUE reported that flash flooding spilled over into the Schlitterbahn park and contaminated several pools in June of 2010.

Address: 381 E Austin St., New Braunfels, TX 78130
Phone: 830-625-2351
Hours: June, July and the first two weeks of August, the park is open every day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. After the second week of August, the park is open on weekends from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Price: One-day general admission tickets are $41.99 for adults and children over 12. Admission for children and seniors 55 and older is $33.99

Splashtown San Antonio

With free parking, free life jackets and more than 50 rides and attractions, Splashtown has something to offer everyone in the family. Located just three minutes from downtown San Antonio, this is the closest water park to the city center.

Get Wet Or Stay Dry

At the heart of the park, enjoy the wave pool that offers everything from gentle swells to white-capped waves. If you're looking for something quieter, ride the lazy river that surrounds the wave pool. Don't feel like getting wet? Rent one of the private cabanas that line the edge of the pool.

The Luge And The Wedgie

The park also offers the Luge, a seven-story water slide that offers three different routes to the ground. The Wedgie is slightly shorter. At only five stories tall, this straight slide gives you the chance to race your friends to the bottom. For the youngest visitors, the Kids Kove offers a splashing good time in a shallow, watery playground.

Classic Park Fare

The Sidewalk Cafe offers burgers, fries and pizza to hungry guests.

Safety Record

The San Antonio Express News reported that an 11-year-old child broke both ankles while riding a waterslide at Splashtown in 2004.

Address: 3600 IH 35 North, San Antonio, TX 78219
Phone: 210-227-1400
Hours: June, July and the first two weeks of August, the park is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Weekends in May, August and September the park is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily
Price: Adults and children taller than 48 inches pay $29.99 at the gate and $22.99 online. Admission for children 48 inches tall and shorter is $21.99 at the gate and $19.99 online. After 5 p.m. all guests pay $16.99

Other Noteworthy Parks Near San Antonio

Lost Lagoon at SeaWorld
White Water Bay at Six Flags Fiesta Texas
North Richland H20
Wet n' Wild
Hawaiian Falls Water Parks

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